Student computer laboratories are provided by my most teaching institutions around the world however what is the most effective layout for such facilities? The log-in data files from computer laboratories at a regional university in Australia were analysed to determine whether there was a pattern in student seating. In particular it was investigated whether students and academic staff usage was affected by the layout of a computer laboratory and therefore a preference by students in where they were seated. It was found that the layout of the computer laboratories does not affect which computer layout that a student will use. Further it was found that academic staff prefer to use a computer laboratory designed along more traditional lecture room layout when working with first year students. This research will be valuable to institutions designing new computer laboratory facilities.